Adaptation #93: The Giver of Apprehension

header093The Giver by Lois Lowry was many of our hosts first experience with YA distopias and is truly unique to what the genre has to offer these days. We discuss the society in which Jonas lives and the revelations that he must go through when given memories of the past. Speculating on the upcoming film, however, has us all feeling a bit apprehensive.

EDIT: Our episode on the Giver film can be found here.

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Music: Utopia by Alanis Morissette


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Main Discussion

The Giver

-By Lois Lowry

-Published in 1993

-First in a quartet, followed by Gathering Blue, Messenger and Son

-Synopsis from Wikipedia: “Set in a society which is at first presented as a utopia and gradually appears more and more dystopian, the novel follows a boy named Jonas through the twelfth year of his life. His society has eliminated pain and strife by converting to “Sameness,” a plan that has also eradicated emotional depth from their lives. Jonas is selected to inherit the position of “Receiver of Memory,” the person who stores all the past memories of the time before Sameness, in case they are ever needed to aid in decisions that others lack the experience to make. When Jonas meets the previous receiver—The “Giver”—he is confused in many ways. The Giver is able to break some rules, such as turning off the speaker which listens to peoples’ conversations in their homes, and lying to people of the community. As Jonas receives the memories from the Giver, he discovers the power of knowledge. The people in his community are happy because they do not know of a better life, and the knowledge of what they are missing out on could create major chaos. He faces a dilemma: should he stay with the community and the safe, consistent but shallow life it offers, or should he run away in pursuit of a life full of love, differences, choices, and knowledge, but also potentially full of danger?”



-2.5 WPF club, heteronormative, what do you think of the gender roles?

-sameness (no one alike, everything controlled, everyone has their place)

-no choice (jobs, spouses, apply for children), do you think they still have purpose?

-no uncertainty (no ‘stirrings’, no emotions, book starts and ends with uncertainty)

–death (no concept of, ‘elsewhere’)

-do you get frustrated with the characters? (move into the plot and recieving of memories)


-the beginning (society and themes^^)

-the recieving (knowing pain, love, death, war; the release of the twin)

-the escape (what could they do to him if he was caught?)

-the end/Elsewhere (what happens? IS there an Elsewhere? is this community just in the middle of a ‘normally’ functioning world? has anyone read the sequel?)

The Giver (2014)

-Screenplay by Michael Mitnick and Robert B Weide

-Directed by Phillip Noyce

-Starring Alexander Skarsgard, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites(Prince Philip), Katie Holmes, Jeff Bridges, and Taylor Swift

-Movie predictions: quite aged up, please don’t force a Fiona/Jonas love story, Rosemary flashbacks? will they show her release?, Gabe isn’t on the cast list but maybe cuz he’s a baby…

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